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Twenty years of UK governance programmes in Nigeria: achievements, challenges, lessons and implications for future support

Research reports

Written by Laure-Hélène Piron, Clare Cummings, Gareth Williams, Helen Derbyshire, Sierd Hadley, Sunny Kulutuye, Imrana Alhaji Buba, Suwaiba Said Ahmad

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The Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) flagship report analyses 20 years of governance programmes in Nigeria funded by the British Government.

This research identifies the contextual factors and causal mechanisms that explain how UK governance interventions contributed to improving governance, health and education outcomes by influencing the ‘service delivery chain’ that connects the Nigerian federal, state and local governments to frontline service providers (e.g. primary schools, local health facilities) and to users of health and education services.

The report shares findings of an unprecedented research into how the UK government partnered with four Northern Nigerian States (Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano and Yobe) and worked with government officials, parliaments, civil society and the media to reform how policies and budgets are prepared and implemented. The report puts forward 15 recommendations to governments, development agencies, civil society and other practitioners to improve governance and development programmes.

For more information on research, and upcoming webinars, please visit this project page.